19th Oct2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Oct 15th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big tag team match to main event this week’s show. WALTER TIRED OF DUMB LOSER MEN! WALTER BEAT ALL PATHETIC DICKHEADS WITH HIM WALTER FISTSES! DUMB SHOW BEGIN NOW, BENOWGIN! MARTHA! VY DID YOU SAY DAT NAME?!

Match #1: Dave Mastiff def. Joseph Conners – Heritage Cup First Round Match

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Two of NXT UK’s hardest hitters clashed in exactly the fashion one would expect, exchanging hard strikes throughout, though no falls were scored until the third round. Dave Mastiff became the first Superstar to win a Heritage Cup bout via knockout, as he blasted Joseph Conners with a massive right hand to put him on dream street and advance.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was a lot of stalling, but it was vigorous stalling, so suck it! Well, while you are busy sucking it, consider this: rubber-baby-bugger-bumper. There…did you think I’d say that? You did? Well…suck it! Also, Mastiff winning was the right call. Mastiff has a big chance at being a major competitor for NXT UK, if they stick to portraying him as rough and tough. Conners has potential, but he’s still missing much of the inherent qualities that make for a great wrestler: sugar, spice and every-thing nice…THE POWERPUFF GIRLS! I can’t tell you that this match was going to be a classic if they were given more time, but it could have shown a bit more if that time had been allotted to them. Fortunately, this match took place within the safety of the Heritage Cup, so the quick loss here in the third round doesn’t feel like an omen for Conners career. Mastiff could be a great fight for WALTER if the push is maintained at the least. Over-all, this was a solid contest that didn’t do much for me, but it didn’t do much to me either.

Match #2: Piper Niven def. Isla Dawn

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Isla Dawn nearly scored an upset, landing several near-falls against Piper Niven, including a breathtakingly close instance following a top-rope Meteora. Niven fought out of a modified Dragon Sleeper, dropping The White Witch with a high-angle back suplex before connecting with a running corner cannonball and planting her with a Michinoku Driver for the victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a mighty match of miniscule proportions. As much rough-and-tumble action as we got here, it still felt like much ado about nothing. Niven winning felt appropriate, but it was not to very much personal acclaim on my part either. There are things in this match that will bolster the appreciation of both of these fighters, but perhaps not enough to suggest that either fighter is destined to take command of this league anytime soon.

Match #3: (Main Event) Ilja Dragunov & Pete Dunne def. WALTER & Alexander Wolfe

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The NXT United Kingdom Champion and Ilja Dragunov gave the NXT UK Universe a sneak peek of their highly anticipated title bout in two weeks, punishing each other with signature offense. WALTER seemingly grew frustrated with his inability to put The Mad Russian away, netting only a two-count after a massive release German suplex. He took out his frustration by delivering blistering chops, making mincemeat of Dragunov’s chest. But Dragunov fought his way out of WALTER’s sleeper with relentless strikes of his own, and somehow summoned the strength to hit a Gotch lift suplex on the much larger champion. Pete Dunne, competing in his first NXT UK bout in more than a year, neutralized Alexander Wolfe on the outside by splaying his fingers, giving Dragunov an opening to connect with Torpedo Moscow on The Ring General. Becoming the first NXT UK Superstar to pin WALTER, Dragunov’s victory left everyone wondering if he’ll be able to repeat this unbelievable feat come Oct. 29 in a one-on-one setting with the NXT United Kingdom Title on the line.

My Opinion: 4.5 out of 5 – Now this was great. The best match on here in ages. It went nearly twenty minutes and was a thrill ride if there ever was one. The bout started slow, but not without ambition. The goal here was to establish that everybody in the ring can fight and when they do fight, you should not take them lightly. WALTER was every bit the pillar of power that his reputation purports him to be, with him absorbing some tremendous damage courtesy of his opponents’ rather ingenious attacks. So much of this was guts and glory, but not without grandeur. Dunne worked hard to make his return to the show worth the wait and certainly was. Some-thing else to love here was the focus on pedigreed wrestling holds. These four did not run a sloppy shop, to say the least. Wolfe did great here, certainly making his position as the odd man out into some-thing that could give him the element of surprise in impressing us. Finally, there is IIja, who was fantastic as the hungry contender eager to prove his worth. Everything about the way he fought was geared around him showing he could match the champion hold for hold and he was quite successful in that regard. I absolutely enjoyed this match and go f–k yourself.

News Of The Night:

  1. Kenny Williams fights Trent Seven (accused of sexual assault but, possibly, found innocent), next week.
  2. Oliver Carter fights Eddie Dennis, next week.
  3. Jordan Devlin (still accused of sexual assault and not found innocent yet) is being brought back with a challenge to any cruiserweight to fight him for his NXT Cruiserweight Title, despite already being stripped of it.

Final Verdict: 3.8/5

The main event made this show a real thrill.

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